The Educational Role of the Museum / Edition 2

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Overview

In this updated and revised second edition, Eilean Hooper-Greenhill incorporates recent and important articles that address the relationships of museums and galleries to their audiences. The Educational Role of the Museum covers broad themes relevant to providing

for all museum visitors and also focuses specifically on educational groups. Contributors discuss topics such as new communication models for the museum, problems in visitor orientation and circulation, and increased exhibit accessibility through multisensory interaction. This edition

represents the most developed position of the state of the field of museum education and introduces theories that have the potential to move current professional debates into more critical areas.

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Contains sections on communication theories, learning in museums, developing effective exhibitions, and thinking about museum audiences. Looks at areas including museum multicultural education for young learners, intrinsic motivation in museums, writing texts for exhibitions, increasing exhibit accessibility, and pupils' perceptions of museum education sessions. More than one-third of the chapters in this edition are new, with discussions of constructivism and its application within museum and gallery exhibitions, audience research, museum education, and communication. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknew.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415198271
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Leicester Readers in Museum Studies Series
  • Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Hooper-Greenhill is well-known internationally for her work on museum communications and education. She has also been a lecturer in museum studies at the University of Leicester since 1980 and is the author of Museum annd Gallery Education(1991), Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge(1992) and Museums and Their Visitors (1994).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. I Communication theories
1 Education, communication and interpretation: towards a critical pedagogy in museums 3
2 Communication in theory and practice 28
3 Learning in art museums: strategies of interpretation 44
4 The museum as a communicator: a semiotic analysis of the Western Australian Museum Aboriginal Gallery, Perth 53
Pt. II Learning in museums
5 Museum learners as active postmodernists: contextualizing constructivism 67
6 The constructivist museum 73
7 Teaching yourself to teach with objects 80
8 Improving worksheets 92
9 Open windows, open doors 99
10 Museum multicultural education for young learners 105
11 Children, teenagers and adults in museums: a developmental perspective 110
12 Museum-goers: life-styles and learning characteristics 118
13 Whose museum is it anyway? Museum education and the community 131
Pt. III Developing effective exhibitions
14 Learning from learning theory in museums 137
15 Intrinsic motivation in museums: why does one want to learn? 146
16 Cognitive psychology and interpretation: synthesis and application 161
17 Collaboration: towards a more holistic design process 172
18 Spatial considerations 178
19 The exhibition development process 191
20 Combating redundancy: writing texts for exhibitions 201
21 Writing readable text: evaluation of the Ekarv method 205
22 How old is this text? 211
23 Museum text as mediated message 215
24 Increased exhibit accessibility through multisensory interaction 223
Pt. IV Thinking about museum audiences
25 That those who run may read 241
26 Audiences: a curatorial dilemma 255
27 Cultural imagining among museum visitors 269
28 The disabling society 278
29 Museums and cultural diversity in contemporary Britain 288
30 A beginner's guide to evaluation 295
31 Monitoring and evaluation: the techniques 298
32 Small-scale evaluation 302
33 Evaluation of museum programmes and exhibits 305
34 Pupils' perceptions of museum education sessions 312
35 Collaborative evaluation studies between the University of Liverpool and national museums and galleries on Merseyside 320
36 Sending them home alive 332
Index 337
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